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Two Arrested in Home Invasion

Milford Police on Saturday announced the arrest of two men in connection with a violent home invasion Tuesday, in which two residents were injured.

Two men were arrested Saturday and charged with a variety of offenses, including attempted murder, relating to a violent home invasion Tuesday on Purchase Street.

Christopher Chicoine, 30, of 56 Forest St., Milford, and David Whaland, 29, who gave an address of 14 Sunny Knoll Terr., Lexington, were arrested in the early morning hours Saturday after police traced them to locations in three communities, police said. Both men are being held in Milford on $10,000 cash bail, pending arraignment.

Both men have been charged by Milford Police with home invasion, attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault to rob, and assault and battery, said , who announced the arrests Saturday afternoon.

In the invasion, four local residents were overcome by two masked, armed men who broke down the back door of their apartment home at 9 Purchase St. One of the assailants carried an axe, another what witnesses described as a machete.

and a 14-year-old girl were injured by one of the intruders, who struck both victims with the axe during the incident, police said. The man sustained a head wound and an injury to his hand, after he was hit with the blunt end of the axe. The 14-year-old girl had minor injuries to her foot, police said.

Throughout the ordeal, the two suspects repeatedly demanded cash and drugs, police said. The family told them, and the police, that they had no involvement with drugs.

According to Heron, local officers had pursued leads was reported late Tuesday. "This diligent effort resulted in the identification of two suspects who police had learned fled Milford shortly after the incident," he said, in a press release.

Milford police assembled a team of officers who early Saturday morning tracked the suspects to an address in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood of Boston. With the assistance of Boston police, the Milford officers surrounded and entered the address at 12:20 a.m., Heron said. 

One of the suspects was apprehended at that time. Heron identified him as Chicoine. Chicoine was taken to Milford Police headquarters.

The Milford officers then traveled to Worcester and located an address where the second suspect was thought to have frequented, Heron said. With assistance of Worcester Police, "the area was surrounded and after a search of the premises it was determined the suspect was not there. Several other leads and addresses in Worcester were also checked," Heron said.

The officers then traveled to Lexington, a suburb of Boston, and located an address with the suspect vehicle parked out front. Lexington police provided Milford with the assistance of a squad of police officers. The address was surrounded and the premises entered.  At approximately 4:30 a.m., Whaland was arrested without incident, Heron said.

Whaland was booked at Lexington police headquarters and then transported to Milford police headquarters.

The motor vehicle allegedly used as the getaway car, a 1998 white Ford Ranger, has been impounded and will be processed for evidence, police said.

In the statement, Milford Police thanked the assisting departments, and commended the local police officers and detectives involved in the case. In addition to Heron, the officers who were involved in apprehending the suspects were detectives Carlos Sousa, Michael Mastroianni, Tony Carneiro and patrolman Robert Pavia. 

Milford police continue to investigate and gather evidence in this case. Anyone who wishes to provide further information regarding this case may contact the at 508-473-1113.

SomeoneOrSomething November 06, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Why do you think the bail was set so high MrMilford?
SomeoneOrSomething November 07, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Sorry, this is a discussion; I wasn't trying to criticize you MrMilford. Considering that these two persons are charged with such acts, I was trying to say a few things... 1) Since the two men were allegedly reported to be searching for drugs and money, I would assume that they would not have the funds to do so 2) The crimes they are alleged of are very serious; I'm not too sure if anyone would want to be assosciated with bailing these two individuals out due to that. If family were to bail them out then that would be a different story; family trying to help their loved ones. I'm not trying to denounce their crimes by saying "allegedly", but rather keep the view of laws in place. Since the investigators are alledged to have followed leads, there is always the thought in place of misinformation or incorrect information. On a better note, photos of the persons alledged to have committed the crime were found on electronic devices at the crime scene, making it easier for investigators to verify such claims. Since the vehicle alledged to be involved was also described, police could cross exam claims of identification against the DMV's license database. To be honest, the way in which these men were found is not the point. The point is, if these two were able to make bail or recieve bail from others... there are not a lot of places to "hide". An APB would be sent out at any hints of such an act.
SomeoneOrSomething November 07, 2011 at 07:48 AM
MrMilford "someone will watch out for them" Their pictures are all over the place... they'd have little place to hide. Also, "How's the 14 yr old girl going to feel when someone tells her, the guys who broke into your home and tried to kill everyone with an axe,...oh...they're out on bail. " I'm pretty sure that people would help watch out for her and her family if that happened.
SomeoneOrSomething November 08, 2011 at 01:22 AM
MrMilford, Please read this... http://milford-ma.patch.com/articles/two-charged-in-home-invasion-held-without-bail
SomeoneOrSomething November 08, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Hahaha :)

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